Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Bikes: too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
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Park used to make spoke wrenches for heavy duty spokes and nipples 12g and heavier. They were color coded yellow and blue. But these size spokes are very rare these days, so start by confirming which size your wheels are.
Then you need to understand that spoke wrenches don't fit the spokes, but the nipples. Y=it's an important distinction because for example the same brand of nipple for 14g and 15g spokes will use the same wrench, but different brands of nipples for the same size spoke, say 14g (the most common by far) use different keys because the wrench flats aren't the same. That's why there are 3 common sizes of spoke wrenches for 14g nipples. They're obviously similar, but different enough that the wring wrench will have a sloppy fit and round off the flats the same way a slightly oversize open-end wrench will round off a nut.
I have an assortment of spoke wrenches and always use whichever has the tightest fit on the nipples regardless of whether it's the "right" one.
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